It’s been a quiet few months for me without writing (and hence blogging), but that doesn’t mean it’s been a quiet few months overall! While I had to reassess the deadlines I’d set myself for my WIP – that’s the nice way of saying I didn’t make them – I have still being doing *stuff* (including a secret collaboration with a local artist and another Canberra author) and have just started seeing the results come out for some of them.
I’m going to keep this short, because as much as part of me wants to explain the reasons/excuses I’ve missed my own deadlines for my WIP, that isn’t what this post is about. It’s about a great opportunity handed to me by the wonderful host of Words and Nerds Podcast, Dani Vee. In short, she asked me to guest host an episode!
Now, if that wasn’t exciting enough, the guest of the episode was to be none other than Helen Scheuerer, best-selling author of the Oremere Chronicles! I enjoyed the Heart of Mist and its sequels, but her latest book, A Lair of Bones, the first in the Curse of the Cyren Queen series, in my opinion is her best work yet. At the time of recording, the book wasn’t out yet, but since getting myself a copy (released 15 July) I haven’t been able to put it down and it’s fast becoming a favourite of mine. It’s dark, full of social and political maneuvering, and I’m looking forward to reviewing it sometime this week.
This was my first time hosting a podcast, and one of my first times interviewing in a scenario that wasn’t part of an investigation (previous employment had some . . . different takes on what and interview entailed), and Helen was incredibly patient as I stumbled along. In the end, I had a great time and learned a lot from Helen’s vast knowledge, experience, and success in the world of self-publishing. If you’d like a listen, the link is below. But before I sign off on possibly one of my shortest blogs ever, I’d like to send a huge thanks to Dani and Helen for the opportunity and for the chat – I had a great time, and am looking forward to more eps coming out!